Date registered: Sep 2004
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Well, I guess you have to start somewhere, and as long as more people living in the area realize the presence of such weapons endangers the lives of their loved ones, maybe the Iraqis themselves can regain control of their lands. But, touting what was found as a large weapons cache is a bit of an exaggeration, isn't it?
The next paragraphs in the article note only some of the materials needed to make the EFP's, estimated to be enough for 150 or so of those items, were found, along with a single completed bomb. That, along with more than two dozen mortars and 15 rockets. See below for the article's actual wording. I think it may have been more useful to watch the cache to find out who was working on assembling those bombs, who was supplying the raw materials, and especially the copper discs. Given what the items are actually made from, what about these parts is uniquely from Iran?
"Along with the EFPs, the weapons cache contained more than two dozen mortars and 15 rockets. There were enough metal disks to make 130 EFPs, the military said.
The origin of the weapons seized Saturday was being investigated, said Lt. Col. Michael Donnelly, spokesman for Multinational Division-North.
"This local tip led to what is the most potentially lethal IED cache seized in northern Iraq in the past eight months," Donnelly said.
The weapons were discovered under tarpaulins and in two large freezers and a water tank buried in a palm grove. One completed bomb was found as well as around 150 copper discs — the key component of EFPs — rolls of electrical wire, plastic pipes to use as casings, ball-bearings and batteries.
One U.S. official said the use of a narrow tube attached to the bomb as a simple sighting-device to aim it was characteristic of Iranian-linked devices used by militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon in recent years. "